Warning Against Latter-Day Deception

Warning Against Latter-Day Deception

Deeper Life Bible Church Bible Study on the topic: Warning Against Latter-Day Deception.

Error breeds fear and false doctrine. produces false security. When error or
false doctrine arises among Christians, we should be careful to teach the truth and set things right.

False teachers preach and promote false doctrines to deceive, discourage and destroy the souls of their victims.

The Antichrist will be a great
Deceiver; even today, antichrists deceive multitudes and drive them to perdition.
The Thessalonian believers had been well-taught concerning the certainty of Christ’s Second Coming.

This is the faith and joy of all Christians in all age of the Church. The Thessalonians and all other Christians were waiting expectantly for Christ’s Coming and “our gathering together unto Him.”

Whilstfalse teachers went about teaching false revelation about the time of His coming, which made the Thessalonian believers disturbed and discouraged, Apostle Paul wrote to the believers to correct the misleading errors. He revealed the facts of events surrounding Christ’s Second Coming in order to re-establish them in the truth.

Instead of allowing disputes and debates to distract Christians and destroy the Church, Christ’s ministers should teach promptly and properly the Truth that sets free and keeps us focused.

1. THE PERTINENT DISCLOSURE ABOUT THE FUTURE
2 Thessalonians 2:1,2; 1 John 4:1; 2 John 7-11; Luke 21:9,19;
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 24:6-14,31; 2 Peter 3:3-8.

In this chapter, Apostle Paul writes to correct the erroneous, alarming teaching
of false prophets pertaining to the Second Coming of Christ.

The Apostle pleaded with the Thessalonian Church to stop listening to teachings, doctrines, dreams or revelations that lead astray.

“Now we beseech you, brethren.” His passionate plea was to prevent them from being troubled because of the false terrifying revelations concerning the great event of “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together unto Him.”
Rumours had been circulating that Paul himself had said that the day of the
Lord had arrived. Rumours are always dangerous and deceptive. While one
version intimated that Paul had received information “by spirit”, another version claimed that it was “by word”; that is, the Apostle had publicly taught that the tribulation had already begun.

Another version of rumours, making
rounds, quoted those who said they saw “letter as from us”, purportedly from Paul! The rumours made the believers afraid because they thought that the day of God’s wrath had begun.

2. THE PREDICTED DEPARTURE FROM THE FAITH
2 Thessalonians 2:3; Isaiah 30:8-13; John 3:19-21; 1 Timothy 4:1,2;
2 Timothy 3:1-7; 4:3-5; 2 Peter 2:1-3.

“Let no man deceive you by any means”. Apostle Paul entreats the Thessalonian believers not to be deceived by a false message, written or spoken, claiming to originate from an angel, an apostle, a church leader or prophet about the time of Christ’s second coming.

“Even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” “Many false prophets are gone into
the world.”

“For many deceivers are entered into the world” (1John 2:18; 4:1; 2 John7). Christians must be watchful so as not to be deceived by anyone concerning the truth of God’s word.

“For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first.”

There will be “a falling away” from the faith before the day of Christ’s Coming.

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This prophecy runs through the New Testament from the beginning to the end.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity
shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:11,12). “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith” (1 Timothy 4:1). This prophecy of great and general departure from the faith is being fulfilled today. As more people profess religion, only a few possess righteousness and genuine Christianity.

3. THE PERVERSE DECEIVER IN HIS FALSEHOOD
2 Thessalonians 2:3-5; Daniel 7:25; 8:9-11,25; 11:36 ; Matthew 24:24,25;
2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; 1 John 2:18; 4:1-6; Jude 17-25.

The great departure from the faith, a widespread, wholesale abandonment of
true Christianity, a worldwide rejection of the Christian faith by the visible church will precede the coming of the “man of sin”, “the son of perdition.”

This son of perdition will be the very embodiment of sin and lawlessness, rebellion and blasphemy, wickedness and apostasy. He is the son of perdition and will be doomed to eternal damnation with all who will be deceived by him.

The Scriptures contain many descriptions of this great world leader who will arise during the period of the great apostasy of the Church.

He is referred to as “the king of fierce countenance” (Daniel 8:23-25), “the prince that shall come” (Daniel 9:26), the wilful king (Daniel 11:36), “the man of sin” and “the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3), “the Antichrist” (1 John 2:18), “the Beast” (Revelation 13:1-17), “the False Prophet” (Revelation 19:20; 20:10).

He will violently oppose every form of true worship and will enthrone himself in the temple of God, claiming to be God and demanding worship.

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As the Antichrist, he will be opposed to Christ and persecute all who want to remain faithful to Christ.

 

Those who refuse to worship him will be severely tortured and many will be
martyred. “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before
the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).

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